acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb

The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting

Noun

Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now that story is the basis for her second feature film, The Farewell, which premiered to acclaim at Sundance in January. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Farewell is a stunning leading role debut for Awkwafina," 9 July 2019 This California native, now head winemaker at the Russian River Valley’s acclaimed J Vineyards & Winery, dove right in. Bon Appétit, "Wine Tasting, Decoded," 12 June 2019 From it Julian Caesar—soon to be acclaimed the Emperor Julian—administered the laws of Rome to the island city and the dark forests of central France. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Winstead, whose last movie turn was in the hit 10 Cloverfield Lane, is coming off a co-starring run in season three of FX’s acclaimed Fargo. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)," 16 Jan. 2018 The sometime Le Corbusier collaborator Paul Lester Wiener built a chic modernist glass-box house for her in Amagansett on Long Island that was much photographed and acclaimed. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Babs Simpson, a Former Vogue Editor Who Collaborated With Irving Penn, Has Died at 105," 7 Jan. 2019 Little Ting’s, though, is its most critically acclaimed get to date, a mom-and-pop dumpling house in Greenwood that through social-media has morphed from a modest neighborhood eatery to a dumpling destination. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 Designed by Funomena, a studio founded by two of the designers who helped build acclaimed indie game Journey, Luna was unlike any other VR game to date. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 Despite how beloved and critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls was, Palladino was never nominated for her work on that show, so this feels like a long time coming. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is the Big Winner At The 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to garnering critical acclaim, the series has renewed conversation about the incident and even spiked tourism to the area of the disaster. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Former lawmaker hopes HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ spurs change in Israel," 26 June 2019 Macdonald, who garnered acclaim in the 2017 indie Patti Cake$, grew up in Australia and was the only plus-size girl in her group of friends. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's Dumplin' Has the Plus-Size Heroine I've Been Waiting For," 7 Dec. 2018 The show garnered considerable acclaim in its British run from November 2017 to March 2018. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Bryan Cranston Will Return to Broadway in ‘Network’ in November," 8 Aug. 2018 Rush garnered acclaim in the 1960s as the man whose work launched careers for James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Murray McLauchlan and others by recording their work before anyone ever heard of them. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "Tom Rush, the master of cool, glides into the Kent Stage Friday," 2 May 2018 Since coming out in limited release, and slowly expanding across the country, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, about kids living in a low-cost motel on the strip leading up to Disney World, has garnered massive acclaim. Corey Atad, Esquire, "What Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars? Here Are the Frontrunners.," 22 Jan. 2018 Midsommar, the latest exercise in terror from Hereditary director Ari Aster, comes out July 3 and features a score from Krlic, who earned critical acclaim as the mastermind behind the dark, harrowing electronic soundscapes of the Haxan Cloak. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The Haxan Cloak Is Behind the Score for Upcoming Horror Film 'Midsommar'," 19 June 2019 The pair met while working at Con Huevos on Frankfort Avenue, where Garcia earned acclaim as executive chef and where Gonzalez worked as front-of-house manager. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Your complete guide to Louisville's Logan Street Market with 25+ vendors and restaurants," 5 June 2019 Phillips has earned national acclaim during his 10-plus years at Northwestern for spearheading a massive facilities upgrade while retaining top coaches such as Pat Fitzgerald (football) and Kelly Amonte Hiller (lacrosse). Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Big Ten will reveal its new commissioner Tuesday — and Kevin Warren is the choice, reports say," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

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More Definitions for acclaim

acclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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